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Last Call (and a Giveaway): Ulta 21 Days of Spring Beauty

Oh hello, you beauty, you. Just a friendly reminder that the Ulta 21 Days of Spring Beauty promotion comes to a close this Saturday. We wish it wasn’t so, but all good things much come to an end.  Take a glance at the rest of the deals this week and then enter our AH-MAZING giveaway at the end of the post.

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And the best part of this post? I’ve teamed up with Ulta to bring you a whole butt-load of fabulous beauty products in this giveaway. Let’s take a moment to realize what’s up for grabs here – more than $450 worth of goodies are coming to the winner! The prize package includes:

  1. Too Faced Cat Eyes Purrrfection Kit – $36
  2. Benefit Cosmetics The Flawless Four – $24
  3. LORAC Dazzling Dozen 2 Eye Shadow Collection – $39
  4. Stila Shimmer All Night Makeup Set – $38
  5. bareMInerals Bare Tutorials Bronze Smoky Eyes – $29.50
  6. Algenist The Firming & Lifting Collection – $54
  7. IT Cosmetics Hello Lash Extensions Mascara plus No-Tug Gel Eye Liner – $24
  8. Urban Decay The Ultimate Pair – $26
  9. Dermadoctor Kakadu C Face Crème – $65
  10. Dermadoctor Kakadu C Eye Soufflé – $68
  11. BECCA Mineral Blush – $32
  12. BECCA Beach Tint – $25
  13. BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé – $27

 

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Best of luck to all who enter!

What goodies in the giveaway gift package are you most excited for?

Photos: Ulta; Disclosure

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March Favorites 2015

Since today is the last day of March (get the picture already, Mother Nature) I figured it would be a good time to pay homage to my month’s favorites. Aside from the brow wiz, these are all new goodies.

I’ve had this look on repeat all month. Apply tinted moisturizer, sweep on shadow, define my brows and a few other odds and ends (read: mascara, blush, etc.) then wash off at the end of the night. I’m not bored yet and I don’t see a huge shake up in my daily routine just yet. Who knows, maybe my March favorites will roll over into April.

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Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water | Neutrogena Long Wear Eye Shadow

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue | Anastasia Brow Wiz

What beauty products are on your March favorites list?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Take Advantage of Ulta’s 21 Days of Spring Beauty

Hi, dolls. Just a quick post today. I wanted to pop in and remind you to take advantage of Ulta’s 21 Days of Spring Beauty, which ends on April 4th.

Today’s deal is a fabulous one – 50% off of Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer, which is my current go-to shadow primer. Today, you can also get Strivectin Age-Fighting Discovery Kit for $20 (normally $35).

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And on top of all of the great steals, Ulta is hosting loads on in-store events, which you can read more about here. Now excuse me, please. I need to clean up from lounging around and high-tail it to the new Ulta that opened down the street from me.

What deal from the 21 Days of Spring Beauty if your favorite?

Photos: Ulta; Disclosure

March Empties

March Empties 2015

I have actually never done an empties post before, so I figured it was about time. It works out nicely because I recently used up the last of a bunch of different beauty items. You’ll notice that this is mostly hair and skin care products because I run through them much quicker than makeup and perfume.

I’ll give you a quick run down of my thoughts on each product and whether I plan to repurchase or not. And with that, let’s get into my March empties.

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Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser – This is not only an amazing drugstore concealer, but an amazing concealer despite the price. I would gladly pay twice or three times the price for this concealer. It covers dark circles fully and seamlessly. You can’t even tell you’re wearing makeup. It’s one of my two go-to concealers, and I make sure to always have one in my makeup stash. Repurchase? Already did

L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara – This is bay far my new favorite mascara. I like it more than most of my designer mascaras right now and would gladly pay department store prices for this amazing drugstore find. It lengthens and defines my lashes and scores me loads of compliments whenever I wear it. Repurchase? Already did

Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator – I don’t go to sleep without using this amazing gel. I was beyond devastated when my boyfriend said he had used the last pump because I hadn’t planned in advance and had to go a few days without before my new bottle arrived. It turns over my skin cells, keeping my face bright and smooth. Repurchase? Already did

Rituals Hammam Hot Scrub – This is the most amazing store-bought scrub I’ve ever used. The only scrub that comes close to rivaling it is my homemade sugar scrub. It was a lifesaver this Winter when the harsh weather took a tool on my poor skin. Repurchase? Eventually once I use up my other scrubs.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap – This is the only face cleanser I use, and I have been for years now. It does the job without being too harsh on my skin … all while being super affordable. I don’t feel the need to even try out other cleansers for the time being. Repurchase? Already did

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo – This dry shampoo is MY JAM. I use it almost every day, regardless of if I just washed my hair or if I haven’t washed it in days. I refuse to use anything else because this works so well for me and is less than $10. Repurchase? Already did

Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo –  I am neutral on this shampoo. It does a fine enough job, but I’m not dying to replace it. I’m weirdly un-loyal to any specific shampoo and conditioners, so I’ll just check out which brand is on sale next time I go to CVS. Repurchase? Maybe

Herbal Essences Naked Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner – Same reaction as to the Hello Hydration Shampoo. Repurchase? Maybe

I don’t think I’ll run through products quickly enough to do a monthly empties post, but I’ll save all my bottles and do another one when I’ve got a decent amount of products to talk about.

What beauty products have you used up recently?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Beautiful Boston: Endurance Pilates and Yoga Studio

A couple of weekends ago, I met up with a bunch of fabulous local bloggers at a three-month old yoga and pilates studio in the South End – Endurance Pilates and Yoga.

endurance pilates and yoga studioWe were greeted by the fabulous and energetic owner Julie Erickson. After a quick introduction, she whisked us down a flight of stairs (covered in leopard-print carpet) to the intimate studio for an hour-long sample in which we rotated through pilates, barre and yoga exercises. After, she talked us through the TRX and kettlebell classes she offers in addition and then we took a turn on the reformers. Surprisingly, they are way more fun and less intimidating than I originally thought.

endurance pilates and yoga studioAfter breaking a sweat, we noshed on the tasty treats Julie and her team put out for us while she told us more about her story and her practice. Julie has been teaching for 20 years, and it shows in her practice. Julie was recently named Boston Magazine’s Best Of Boston® 2014 Personal Trainer!

endurance pilates and yoga studioJulie has an amazing story – as the daughter of a double-amputee, she saw how important core strength was to those learning to walk on prosthetics. It was because of this personal experience that Julie was inspired to work with some of the Marathon bombing survivors (pro bono, I might add). It was beyond touching to hear her talk about how pilates has allowed the survivors to take control of their lives again.

Julie generously gifted each blogger in attendance with a free one-on-one session. I can’t wait to get back in the studio and work out on the TRX and reformers with her help. I’ll let you know how it goes and if I make it out in one piece :) And good news for you ClassPassers, you can sign up for Endurance classes in the app!

Are you in to yoga and pilates?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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$350 Beauty Blogazons Spring Giveaway

Hi there, beauties. Do I have something fabulous for you! To celebrate the start of Spring … even though the weather in Boston doesn’t seem to have gotten the message … I’ve teamed up with the other ladies of the Beauty Blogazons to bring you a huge Spring giveaway. $350 huge to be exact. You can enter using the widget below and find all information in the “terms and conditions” tab at the bottom of the widget.

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Good luck to all who enter and happy Spring!

What would you use the Visa gift card for if you were to win?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure

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Kicking Back

On the weekends, I like to kick back and stroll around town in something a bit more comfortable. This typically means jeans, a cozy top and flats. It’s still pretty chilly here in the Boston area, so I pushed my limits with this light jacket. I just can’t stand the sight of my Winter coats anymore.

On my way to meet up with Agnes for brunch, I pulled on my favorite military-inspired jacket and laced up my New Balance x Kate Spade sneakers. While I’m not normally a sneakers-outside-of-the-gym girl, these cuties work great with the athleisure trend so I couldn’t say no.

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athleisure ootdJacket MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar) | Sweater MaxStudio via TJMaxx (similar)

Jeans Citizens of Humanity | Sneakers c/o New Balance (other styles)

Necklace SOWA Market (similar) | Belt J.Crew

Now excuse me as I go for another stroll.

What do you wear on weekends when you’re just relaxing?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

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Ulta 21 Days of Spring Beauty

Hi there, beauties. Popping in for a quick update here. I’m a few days behind, but better late than never, right? Ulta is currently hosting the 21 Days of Spring Beauty promotion.

For the next 21 days,  ULTA features one “Beauty Steal” and one “Beauty Focus Day” — Beauty Steals are special offers on top beauty products, and Beauty Focus Days feature demonstrations like customized makeup lessons, expert beauty tips, and one-on-one appointments with beauty authorities for all categories.

And having looked at the calendar of upcoming deals, I can tell you that there are some AWESOME ones. Brands like Clarisonic, Urban Decay, Stila and Benefit (to name a few) are participating. So check out the information below and prep your wallets!

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Now excuse me as I plan out my purchases for the next 21 days.

Do you have your eyes on any of the deals during Ulta 21 Days of Spring Beauty?

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It’s FINALLY starting to feel like Spring here. The weather is getting warmer and the snow piles are only a few feet tall at this point. It’s basically beach weather. And with the nice weather and snow-free sidewalks comes the opportunity to wear something other than jeans and snow boots.

The other week I decided to get really crazy and wear something I haven’t worn in a while – a work dress and heels. It felt amazing to have my bare legs see the sun, and Lord knows they need it. I mean, look at my legs basically blending in with the snow. Plus, it put a little extra pep in my step to be dressed up at work again. Be gone, jeans! Just kidding, I still wear jeans 95% of the time, it’s just nice to not HAVE to wear them.

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Top it Off OOTD 7Coat J.Crew past season (similar) | Dress Polo via TJMaxx (similar) | Shoes BCBG 

Hat via TJMaxx (similar) | Earrings c/o Cecilia Gonzalez

What are some of your favorite dressy pieces for the workplace?

Photos: beautyXposé/Spoons and Stilettos; Disclosure

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CVS and Sephora Haul: Makeup and Skin Care

At the beginning of the year I was all “Oh I won’t buy as many new beauty products this year.” I thought I was going to be so sly and passing by the CVS beauty aisle and Sephora like I didn’t give two flying ducks. I WAS WRONG.

Over the past few weeks I’ve acquired an eyeliner here, an mascara there. By the time I stopped and looked around, I had a nice little CVS and Sephora haul on my hands. The brow pencil was an empties replacement, but the rest are all new goodies that I can’t wait to test out.

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Peter Thomas Roth Trio | Neutrogena Palette | Sephora Cleansing Water

Becca Perfecting Palette | Bite Agave Lip Mask | Physicians Formula Mascara

Rimmel Eyeliners | Anastasia Brow Wiz

I haven’t really had a chance to try these out yet because, like a good blogger, I waited to take pictures. Because pics or it didn’t happen. Now excuse me while I go play with my new lovelies.

What makeup goodies have you snagged recently?

Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure